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Brass on the Grass: Lunchtime Brass Band Concerts at Westminster Abbey

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Enjoy lunchtime music from some of the UK's finest brass bands in a series of concerts in the beautiful settings either of Westminster Abbey's College Garden or St Margaret's Church Westminster.*

Delicious hot and cold food, snacks and drinks are provided for sale.

  • 9 August: Band of the Surrey Yeomanry
  • 16 August: Regent Brass
  • 23 August: Merton Concert Band
  • 30 August: Friary Guildford Brass Band
  • 6 September: New London Concert Band *
  • 13 September: Invicta Concert Band *
  • 12.30 - 2.00 pm

Admission to the lunchtime concerts is free, but donations are appreciated as they help to pay Band expenses and keep the season viable. The Brass Bands offer an entertaining and wide-ranging repertoire of musical pieces ranging from pop to classical, including instrumental solos and clever medleys. To attend, click on SELECT A DATE above and then on the next screen, click on REGISTER for the number of tickets you would like, print off Eventbrite ticket (s) to ensure guaranteed admission or just come on the day and you will be directed to where the lunchtime concert is taking place.

* the concerts up to 30th August take place in Westminster Abbey's College Garden if the weather is dry and in St Margaret's Church if the weather is wet

The final two concerts (Sept 6 and Sept 13) take place in St Margaret's Church (regardless of the weather).

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Do I have to come for the entire duration of the concert ? No you can arrive when you wish to. The concerts begin at 12.30 pm and end at 2.00 pm with the playing of the National Anthem. You are free to come and go during that time but can of course come for the whole concert (many do !)

Is there a dress code ? No you can wear what you would like to, taking into account what the UK weather is doing on the day. Many come in casual wear or office dress.

Can I bring my own food and drink to the concert ? You can, but you can save yourself the trouble of organising that as the Abbey lays on refreshments for sale including tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes, pastries, wines and soft drinks, all handily available and competitively priced in the vicinity of the concert, and it is fine to consume refreshments in the garden or the church.

Am I able to take photographs ? You are able to use cameras and mobile phones to take pictures during the concerts - if the concert is taking place in the church, we just ask that you respect the 'no photography' rule again once the concert is over and don't look to disrupt the performance whilst the concert is happening such that it would distract others enjoying the music.

Can I bring children ? You can, there is no lower age limit stipulated but we do ask that if you are bringing younger children that you keep them entertained either through listening to the music or with other distractions so that they don't disrupt others who are enjoying the concert.

Is there disabled access ? Those with special needs can be easily accommodated in both College Garden and St Margaret's Church. There is flat access (no steps) from the cloisters to the garden and there is an easy gradient sloped ramp into St Margaret's Church.

Do I need to allow for security searches ? The Abbey wishes to ensure the safety of all those who wish to attend, so you will be subject to bag searches either at the entrance to the Cloisters where you would also be given a paper wristband for free entry to the garden, or your bag would be searched in the North Green if the concert was being held in St Margaret's Church. The search only takes a few minutes and is designed to ensure that safety measures are adhered to. Please allow for this in your planning and timings on the day.

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